Associate Professor of Political and Social Ethics
KEY HONORS / POSITIONS HELD:
Chapters in Books
PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS AND INVITED LECTURES:
“American Innocence and the Ethics of Patriotism,” University College Dublin, School of Politics and International Relations, Political Theory Workshop, April 2018.
“Epistemic Injustice and Decolonial Theology,” Trinity College Dublin, Department of Philosophy, April 2018.
"Terror, Historical Memory, and the Myth of Religious Violence,” University College Dublin, Centre for War Studies, April 2018.
“Imagining a World without Prisons” (with Amber-Rose Howard), Invited Lecture, Pomona College, “Pizza and Politics” Fall Series, October, 2017.
“White Supremacy, Clinical Medicine, and the U.S. Prison Regime: End-of-Life-Care in an Age of Mass Incarceration,” Invited Lecture, Yale University, Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics, June 2016.
"Narrating the Phenomenological Messiness of Sex and Intimacy," Paper presented at the International Society for the Study of Narrative Annual Conference, Chicago, March 2015.
"The Peril and Politics of Attempting to Distinguish Between 'Religious' and 'Secular' Wisdom," Paper presented at the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion and Ethics "Wisdom, Law, and Lawers" Conference, Pepperdine University February 2015.
Comments on John Thrasher's "Backing into Self-Ownership," American Philosophical Association (Pacific), San Diego, April 2014.
"Why Agape is Not More Christian than Eros and Philia" Paper presented at teh Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion and Ethics,"Law and Love" Conference, Pepperdine University, February 2014.
"Are There Good Reasons to Root for a Sports Team? And Does it Even Matter?" Paper presented at the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport Conference, Fullerton, CA, September 2013.
“Why the Church Needs Satire: The Onion’s Niebuhrian Attack on Religious Dogma,” Paper presented at the “Satire Across Borders” International Conference, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, January 2013.
“A Communitarian Approach to the Politics of Film: Reimagining Our Identity as Storytelling Beings,” Paper presented at the Association for Legal and Social Philosophy 2012 Annual Conference, Belfast, Ireland, June 2012.
“Moral Reasoning, Divine Providence, and the Problem of Religious Fundamentalism: Reinhold Niebuhr’s Relevance in Today’s Culture Wars,” Paper presented at the 2012 California American Studies Association annual meeting, Claremont, CA, April 2012.
“Reinhold Niebuhr, Moral Arrogance, and the Problem of Christian Pacifism,” Paper presented at the Graduate Student History Conference: “The Politics of Unrest: A Transdisciplinary Conference”, Claremont Graduate University, April 2012.
“Biblical Interpretation and Moral Humility in the Thought of Reinhold Niebuhr,” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Political Science Association, San Diego, CA, April 2012.
"The Tragic Hero as Social Critic: Exploring the Intents and Effects of Aaron Sorkin’s Use of Irony in The Social Network," Paper presented at the City University of New York’s ‘Finishes: Arts and Texts in Cinema and Media’ Conference, New York City, NY, March 2012.
"Sexual Ethics in Sacred Texts: Reinhold Niebuhr, Biblical Interpretation, and the Process of Moral Discernment," Paper presented at the Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi Chapter’s Colloquium: ‘Sex…or Something Like It!’ California State Northridge, March 2012.
"Baseball, Civic Identity, and the Just Society," Paper presented at the 19th Annual Spring Training Conference on the Historical and Sociological Impact of Baseball, sponsored by Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, Tempe, AZ, March 2012.
"What’s so ‘Crazy’ About Love? A Philosophical Analysis of Crazy Stupid Love and Like Crazy," Paper presented at the Far West Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, February 2012.
"The Politics of Relationships and the Limits of Intent: How Aaron Sorkin Redefined the Political Film," Paper presented at the National Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Meeting, Film Section, San Antonio, TX, April 2011
Religious Perspectives on Hatred (panel), International Conference on Hate Studies, Gonzaga University, April 2011
"Is Christian Faith Compatible with Moral Pluralism? And Why it Matters for Democracy," Paper presented at the Western Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Ethics Section, Whittier, CA, March 2011
“Rethinking Heaven and Hell,” Missions Trainers Forum, National Missionary Convention, Peoria, IL, November 2009
“Why are Poor Countries Poor?” Missions Trainers Forum, National Missionary Convention, Peoria, IL, November 2009
“Human Rights and International Justice,” Seminar Workshop, National Missionary Convention, Peoria, IL, November 2009
CONFERENCE PANELS ORGANIZED AND CHAIRED:
“Religion, Philosophy, and Prison Abolition,” at the APA-Pacific Annual Meeting, Political Theology Group Session. Panel participants: Joy James (Williams College), Natalie Cisneros (Seattle University), Colby Lenz (USC), Andrea Pitts (University of North Carolina – Charlotte), Dan Berger (University of Washington), Brady Heiner (California State – Fullerton), Vincent Lloyd (Villanova), Seattle, April 2017.
“Sex and Postcolonial Theology” at the APA-Pacific Annual Meeting, Political Theology Group Session. Panel participants: Mayra Rivera (Harvard), Janet Jakobsen (Barnard), Brenna Moore (Fordham), Erin Runions (Pomona), Vincent Lloyd (Syracuse), Anthony Petro (Boston University), San Francisco, April 2016.
“Sex and Secularism” at the APA-Pacific Annual Meeting, Political Theology Group Session. Panel participants: Janet Jakobsen (Barnard), Mayra Rivera (Harvard), Brenna Moore (Fordham), Erin Runions (Pomona), Vincent Lloyd (Syracuse), Anthony Petro (Boston University), San Francisco, April 2016.
“Kierkegaard and Political Theology” at the APA-Pacific Annual Meeting, Political Theology Group session. Panel participants: Dana Lloyd (Syracuse), Thomas Miles (Boston College), Jami Aroosi (Yeshiva), Silas Morgan (Loyola University Chicago), Vincent Lloyd (Syracuse), Vancouver, April 2015.
“Meaning, Sacrifice, and the Nation-State” at the APA-Pacific Annual Meeting, Political Theology Group session. Panel participants: Mathias Risse (Harvard), Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt), Richard Amesbury (University of Zurich), Paul W. Kahn (Yale), Vancouver, April 2015.
“The Myth of Religious Reasons: Public Reason Meets Political Theology” at the APA-Pacific Annual Meeting, Political Theology Group session. Panel participants: Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt), Richard Amesbury (University of Zurich), San Diego, April 2014.
PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION:
“Nothing in my view is more reprehensible than those habits of mind in the intellectual that induce avoidance, that characteristic turning away from a difficult and principled position which you know to be the right one, but which you decide not to take. You do not want to appear too political; you are afraid of seeming controversial; you need the approval of a boss or an authority figure; you want to keep a reputation for being balanced, objective, moderate; your hope is to be asked back, to consult, to be on a board or prestigious committee, and so, to remain within the responsible mainstream; someday you hope to get an honorary degree, a big prize, perhaps even an ambassadorship. For an intellectual these habits of mind are corrupting par excellence. If anything can denature, neutralise and finally kill a passionate intellectual life, it is these considerations, internalised and so to speak in the driver's seat.” – Edward Said
“Never accept and be content with unanalyzed assumptions, assumptions about the work, about the people, about the church or Christianity. Never be afraid to ask questions about the work we have inherited or the work we are doing. There is no question that should not be asked or that is outlawed. The day we are completely satisfied with what we have been doing; the day we have found the perfect unchangeable system of work, the perfect answer, never in need of being corrected again, on that day we will know that we were wrong, that we have made the greatest mistake of all.” - Vincent J. Donovan